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The Singing Wilderness

Episode 3 of 30

David Hendy explores our relationship with noisy nature, with extraordinary recordings from around the world, including the bluesy pootoo bird and a real frog chorus.

Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex explores our relationship with noisy nature.

How do we interact with what the American nature writer Sigurd Olsen called 'The Singing Wilderness'?

Hear the Bosavi people of Papua New Guinea sing a 'gisalo' in the darkness of a forest longhouse, and extraordinary recordings from around the world, including musical trees, the bluesy singing of the pootoo bird, and a real frog chorus.

30-part series made in collaboration with the British Library Sound Archive.

Producer: Matt Thompson.
A Rockethouse production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in 2013.

15 minutes

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